Jennifer Katherine Shields

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I relocated home to Ōtautahi in 2016 after studying & freelancing in Auckland. I’m currently CoCA’s Manager Gallery Operations & have worked with them since December 2016. I also manage Where?, a pop-up space for emerging artists. I have experience in advocacy, especially for queer & trans youth, most recently within the arts industry as well as more generally. I spent 2015 producing & hosting an award-winning radio show on RDU 98.5FM, & am now a playlist curator for 2018. I studied at Elam School of Fine Arts before realising that they did not teach the kind of practice I was interested in (elitist & isolated vs engagement with community); continued studying at the University of Auckland, specialising in sociology & history. I elected not to complete the degree as I was offered opportunities outside university & am now continuing study through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, as well as self-directed study in various tech areas.

Consider me for:

  • curation - art and music
  • gallery management, exhibition production, or project management
  • consultation, training, and speaking on advocacy, diversity, inclusion
  • writing - reviews of art & music (primarily), essays (academic, artistic, or informal), opinion pieces
  • music - hosting radio, providing playlists, or DJing

Selected experience:

Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art

From December 2016
Manager Gallery Operations

Role covers everything from building, facilities, and operation management,
administration and accounts, exhibition production, developing and coordinating public programming, managing sponsor relationships, and curatorial work. Examples of significant exhibition production include David Shrigley's Lose Your Mind and Tiffany Singh's A Collective Voice.

RDU 98.5FM

From January 2016
Show host, temp admin, & playlist curator

Began at RDU producing and hosting a New Zealand music focussed show as well as producing weekly live-to-airs. Assisted with temp cover of the Content Manager role and then the breakfast show host role. Currently a playlist curator with ownership over the alt/indie portfolio. See my tinyletter posts for examples of playlist curation.

Freelance writer

From June 2013

Have written and published for New Zealand Musician Magazine, RM Gallery, Toi Moroki CoCA, Un Magazine, North Projects, HAMSTER, and personal use. Specialty areas cover music and art review, creative non-fiction, exhibition texts, and activism and advocacy. See my writing portfolio for examples.

Trans on Campus

2014 - 2016

Trans on Campus is a support and advocacy network at the University of
Auckland. Together with the equity department we made significant changes to conditions at the university, both in teaching and administrative contexts. A
major example is the provision of university funding for name change documents.

Selected projects:

Conference commission:

Emerging Museums Professionals & Museums Aotearoa
May 2018

I was asked to produce and deliver a workshop on practical steps towards inclusion & diversity in the GLAM sector for the Emerging Museums Professionals huakina. This is a workshop I intend to develop further and deliver again, potentially producing a packaged version for others to deliver. I used the results of the workshop for the basis of a panel presentation at the Museums Aotearoa conference the next week.

Exhibition curation:

Where? & First Thursdays
August 2017

Curated for First Thursdays: Dreamscapes in August 2017. The exhibition followed themes of technology, impermanence, as well as the title of the show (vaporware as product that is never completed or offered on sale, and vapourwave, the genre). All exhibiting artists were students or emerging.

Exhibition production:

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind
Toi Moroki CoCA
March 2017

Lose Your Mind was the first exhibition I worked on at CoCA, and was a significant production. I worked on both the logistics of getting it to Christchurch, including importing a taxidermied ostrich without it getting fumigated & possibly damaged (and assuring customs it wasn't endangered) as well as the exhibition design and layout. It was hugely successful, with the artist saying it was the best the show had ever looked.

Major writing commission:

'Structures of brick and quiet undertones: Considering Contemporary Christchurch
Toi Moroki CoCA
October 2016

I was commissioned to produce a review/summary essay on Contemporary Christchurch, a survey exhibition on artistic practice in Christchurch within the past three years. You can read it here.

Conference paper:

"Beautiful and lofty things": queer appeals to power & turn of the century sexology
Trans/Forming Feminisms Dunedin
November 2015

A presentation given on invitation by Trans/Forming Feminisms at the University of Otago, 2015. Read it here.

Group exhibition

Artspace Auckland
October 2014

A group exhibition curated by Ahilapalapa Rands. I produced a work, Para, that involved performance, sculpture-as-prop-and-documentation, and an essay.

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